A new SABC family drama is a hit and is based on the childhood of actress Quanita Adams.
Filmed on the Cape Flats, the 13-episode series kicked off in April and airs on SABC2 every Wednesday at 7.30pm
The Riviera, a dramedy (comedy-drama) is about the experiences of a 12-year-old Muslim girl, Riana Isaacs, growing up on the Cape Flats during apartheid-era, 1989.
While the country and the world are in upheaval, Riana innocently sets out to achieve her own personal milestones: to become head girl in her final year at a Catholic primary school, to star in the school play, and to make the boy of her dreams fall in love with her.
The series was created and is narrated by Quanita herself, and was shot on location in Lotus River and Ottery.
“It’s been the most special experience being able to reflect and share my childhood with an audience,” the award-winning actress and playwright says.
“The funny, the moving, the powerful; The Riviera made me who I am.”
The Riviera introduces Kelly Damon as Riana and also stars Keenan Arrison as Naz and Chantal Herman as Liz, the parents of the culturally blended and hilarious Isaacs family.
In additiOn, singer Robin Pieters makes his small screen acting debut as Uncle Adnaan, and appears in three episodes.
“My experience on The Riviera has really been mind-blowing,” says Robin.
“First of all, it’s the first time I’m acting in a TV series. I have never done this, I’ve acted, but not for TV.
“I loved every minute of it. Everyone made me feel welcome.
“I remember my first take, I practised once and then did it in one take.
“Everyone was impressed as that doesn’t happen.”
Director and producer Lucilla Blankenberg says: “This project is extra special for me because it holds pieces of our childhood.
“The creative team, cast and crew really put everything into making a memorable series.
“We enjoyed every day and I think it comes across in the end product.”